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The Rectors of Ordsall

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9 April 1742-1774 qThomas Cockshutt, MA

Born 1710. His brother was a merchant near Rotherham. Instituted 9th April, 1743. MA. Cambridge. Rector of Barnborough, Yorkshire 1767-1774. For a time he was Vicar of Penistone, and held the two livings by Dispensation from the Archbishop of Canterbury.

In 1743, Archbishop Herring of York held a Visitation of the County.  In reply Thomas Cockshutt answered that there were 60 families in the parish, of which 1 was Quaker.  There was no meeting house nor public or charity school.  He had £5 per year for the poor.

He himself resided at Penistone and Mr. Heald of Babworth served the parish (as he had done during the interregnum) until he could appoint a proper Curate for which he had allowed £30 a year.  There was a Service every Sunday and the Lord's Supper was celebrated five time a year: palm Sunday, Easter Day, Whitsunday, Michaelmas, and Christmas Day.  There were some 100 potential communicants of whom 60-70 had actually communicated the previous Easter.  Timely notice was always given of the Sacrament, though it was not the practice in this parish for people to submit their names in advance.  No-one had been refused the Sacrament.

The previous Rector, he said, always catechised during Lent "and the Parishioners (I am inform'd) as to the remainder of this Query are behaved well."  Sadly, I don't have the question to which this is the answer.

As far as we know Cockshutt never performed any duties at Ordsall. He became Canon of Southwell in 1753, and was for a time Rector of Beelsby, Lincolnshire. In 1765 he arranged with the famous organ builder Mr. Snetzler for the repairs to the Southwell organ.

In 1770 he was appointed Vicar-General of the Southwell College of Canons, and had jurisdiction over 28 Churches for all purposes, except Confirmation and Ordination. It is said that he was “not distinguished but for his integrity and good humour.” He died at Retford on 13th April, 1774 anti was buried on 15th April in the Chancel near the Vestry door. His sister Ann married Thomas Wheat of Retford.

1774-1812 Joseph Scott

We have no information about this Rector. Apparently he never resided at Ordsall. In the Town’s Book there are notes.

“July 1798, Mr. William Nelson erected a pew seat in No. 4 (commonly called the Rector’s Servants) by consent of Rev. Scott, provided he would give peaceable possession.”

“Jan. 30th, 1795. A subscription entered into for the relief of poor families in the Parish, it being a severe season, and provisions at an uncommon high price given at 4 separate payments to persons in work and out of work. Rev. Joseph Scott £3/3/0. The total was £16/2/0.”

All the duty in the parish was performed by Rev. Joshua Flint, Vicar of Clarborough. This Venerable Curate held office for 53 years, until he died and was buried at Fledborough in 1822.
1812-1841 Francis Foxlowe, MA

MA., St. John’s College, Cambridge. Baptised at Staveley 30th November, 1771. Died 13th Dec. Buried 18th Dec., 1841 at Staveley. He was also Rector of Elmton where he lived, while Ordsall was served by Curates.

He was the son of Samuel Foxlowe, Esq. of Tideswell, and afterwards of Staveley Hall. His mother was Dorothy, daughter of Rev. James Gisburne, Rector of Staveley. He married Jane, daughter of Richard Slater, Attorney of Chesterfield. During his time the Rectory was built near the Church, where the Curate, Rev. T. H. Marshall, came to live about 1822. Other Curates were Rev. W. Bury, Rev. C. Bigsby, Rev G. Rhodes and Rev. F. O. Morris. The last was the well-known writer on British Birds.

In Pigot's Directory for 1830 Francis Foxlow (sic) is recorded as living in Stavely.

1841-1873 qThomas King, BA



BA. Born 25th July, 1801.  Son of Captain William and Penelope King, and grandson of Thomas King of Sileby, Leicestershire. His Aunt, Ann King married Rev. Stuart Corbet, and he married their daughter Louisa, who was his cousin. The Rev. S. Corbet was offered the living of Ordsall but did not accept. A relative of his was Agent to the Earl of Wharncliffe, patron of Ordsall, who presented him with the living.

He had a wooden leg, and was a familiar figure in the village. He had a small farm and his bailiff lived at Beech Cottage. He died on 26th May, 1873, and was buried on the north side of the Church, where his tombstone may be seen. His mother, wife, and Aunt Catherine are also buried there.

In 1848 Morning Service was held at 11am, Afternoon Service at 3pm.